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Michael Billing is a Managing Director in JLL’s IPS Consulting group. He is a certified Public Accountant who leads the Portfolio Strategy practice. Michael assists corporate clients in strengthening real estate contribution by analyzing their portfolios and developing strategies to achieve long-term operational and financial goals. 

As JLL’s Lease Accounting Project Director, he is responsible for all activities related to the proposed lease accounting changes including client outreach, education, thought leadership, process and technology enhancements, and business development.

With more than 20 years of professional services and client advisory experience, Michael has worked closely with a number of major international organizations to help them develop real estate strategies that meet business objectives.

Clients include Merck – long-range portfolio plan, Unisys – embedded strategic planning, UnitedHealth Group – Minneapolis master plan and Wells Fargo – Minneapolis portfolio strategy. His range of advice includes strategic planning, global real estate portfolio strategy, master planning, asset financial structuring, exit strategy development, occupancy strategy, headquarters relocation advice and real estate governance for changing organizations. 

As part of these projects, Michael has worked closely with senior business and real estate executives to understand business vision, operational and financial requirements in order to develop occupational strategy advice.

In addition, Michael's accounting experience strengthens his ability to advise clients on lease accounting, financial structuring and decision-making. At JLL, he has had many accounting and finance leadership roles, including Director of Finance, Budgeting and Forecasting Manager and Infrastructure Controller. 

Client experience
• Boeing
• BP
• Capital One
• Computer Associates
• Fannie Mae
• Farmers Insurance
• Forest Laboratories
• Merck
• Microsoft
• MillerCoors
• Motorola
• P&G
• Union Bank
• Unisys
• UnitedHealth Group
• Wells Fargo
• Whirlpool
• Zurich

Michael earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He earned his bachelor of business administration from Loyola University of Chicago.

He is a U.S. Navy and Gulf War veteran, a Certified Public Accountant and has published articles in a variety of trade publications, including Journal of Corporate Real Estate and Corporate Real Estate Leader.